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    First Time Pool Readings

    Good Morning-

    After shocking the pool to re-balance, below are the readings from the Taylor K-2006. This was done two weeks ago and last week 1 gallon of liquid chlorine was added.

    Test was done this morning at 7:30am

    FC-11 PPM (Didn't get CC reading)
    PH-7.2
    TA- 100 PPM
    CH- 340 PPM
    CYA- 60 PPM

    Water temp 60

    21,000 gallon pool, suggestions on levels, good/bad?

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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    You can easily find suggested level ranges in Pool School. That said, all your numbers look good......I assume your pool water is crystal clear.

    I am puzzled by your FC being up where it is......it's not at all harmful but a range of 4-7 is suggested.

    Also surprised that your CH is so low out there in "hard water" Arizona.
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    The pool is actually cloudy! Any idea why? I know the filter do need to be replaced within the next 4 months.

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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    What exactly does "shocking the pool" mean?

    It is obvious now that you say the water is cloudy that you did not actually follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process since one of the criteria to stop is that the water is crystal clear.

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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    I agree with Blizzle here, that you just may not be done "shocking." You said you were shocking to rebalance, so does that mean you had a Green pool/Algae situation?
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    Correction on the post above-

    The SLAM/Shock that was preferred (Pool Guy), was in-part to alleviate the Algae in the pool as both Algae and FC where totally off. That being said, the readings from my water test was done after the fact. As for as crystal clear water, I guess the water is clear, but may have a slight haze to it.

    With reading into the Pool Math and Pool School, the readings are in-line from what I can see.

    My question now, is regarding the Pool Match Calculator

    I added my current readings, and goal based of TFP. My question on the drop down menu in FC, does this populate automatically or do I need to change this? Currently it's at cal-hypo 73%. The other side, for pH, should it be at 14.5 in the drop down menu%? I'm using both Chlorine Liquid and Muriatic Acid from Kemtek (Home Depot).

    I'm hoping I'm not sounding like an idiot here!

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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    So you have a pool guy do some sort of "shock"? That is not what we mean by the SLAM process and if the water is still hazy you need to maintain the higher FC level required for the SLAM process. You have to finish this process before you worry about balancing anything.

    In PoolMath, you can select how you are going to add the chlorine in the drop down and it will tell you the amount required to raise from the Now to the Target numbers. For the pH you have to select the strength that you are using. the 14% is the weaker stuff that the big box stores are selling for the same price as what the stronger stuff was. I get my acid at the pool store since it is still the 31% strength for the same price.
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    The drop down in the FC section is only for using dry product. If you are using one make sure the correct one is selected.


    For pH, I'm not sure about the kemtec, but if it's half the strength of 31.4% that would work. I think those from Home Depot etc are about 15%. Usually they are the same cost as 31% bought elsewhere, so you'll spend twice the money when using that acid.
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    I appreciate the input guys!

    Here are the current readings as of this morning: The water is crystal clear.

    FC-10: Goal 6
    pH- 7.4: Goal 7.6
    TA- 130
    CH- 300
    CYA-50
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    Looking pretty good. The FC will come down on it's own, and staying with it like this will keep the pool just like this from now on.
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    And do not worry about that small pH correction.The pH will likely rise on its own due to your higher TA value.
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    Quote Originally Posted by ARIZONACK View Post
    I appreciate the input guys!

    Here are the current readings as of this morning: The water is crystal clear.

    FC-10: Goal 6
    pH- 7.4: Goal 7.6
    TA- 130
    CH- 300
    CYA-50
    Question: Where did you get your FC goal of 6 from? If pool math shows 4 to 8 then your target should be 8.
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    Re: First Time Pool Readings

    Yeah, got it from PoolMath, dually noted..

    Thank you
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